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Informal Hearings FAQ

You do not need to bring anything with you to an Informal Hearing. However, at least two (2) business days prior to the hearing, you will receive the evidence relevant to the misconduct along with the date and time of the Informal Hearing by email.

Please plan on up to one hour for an Informal Hearing, though typically, an Informal Hearing will last less than 30 minutes.

For non-serious cases of misconduct, you may be scheduled for an Informal Hearing. An Informal Hearing is designed to be a non-adversarial discussion of the misconduct. All Informal Hearings are recorded and are conducted over the phone.

After the Informal Hearing, the Student Community Standards Specialist will decide if it is more likely than not you violated a Student Community Standard. Within two (2) business days of the Informal Hearing, the Student Community Standards Specialist will notify you by email of the decision.

The Student Community Standards Specialist will create an appropriate sanction based on the severity of the misconduct.

Failure to show up to an Informal Hearing could result in an administrative hold being placed on your account until you are available to speak with a Student Community Standards Specialist.

Please note that this page is designed to provide only an outline of various Student Community Standards policies and procedures. For a more in detailed description of any information provided on this page, please refer to the Student Rights and Responsibilities section of the Ashford University Academic Catalog.

The Student Community Standards office will contact you within two (2) business days of the conclusion of the Informal Hearing by email.